The SmartyPants Fetish

I have a new crush. This is Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory. Of course I’ve read everything that Wikipedia has to say about him, about the series, about what a breakout character is and what ‘experts’ have surmised about his supposed autistic tendencies.

Now this doesn’t really feel either new or unusual to me. One of my earliest crushes after all, was Jupiter Jones of The Three Investigators. Jupe ‘Baby Fatso’ was a short, stocky know-it-all and strangely devoid of the inadequacies that plague teenage boys. Awesomeness.

I’ve sought to explain this earlier as an Elektra syndrome for men in spectacles. I’ve thought at length about the merit of intelligence as a key point on the list of appealing male attributes. I’ve referred to intellectual stimulation, personal growth and entertainment all in one.

I have even contemplating writing a short story, a romance set in a bookshop. Yes, of course I know it’s a great place to check out books..and umm, their readers.

And now I come upon this site. I actually chanced on an article that talked about why this blog might appeal to women. And then I turned up at the blog itself. To my surprise, relief and mirth, Hot Guys Reading Books is just that. Candid shots of men who are reading. I’m clicking through the archives as I wait for this post to save.

And I’m given to wondering – do I need to explain why I like what I do? Have you ever asked a guy why he prefers blondes? Or within the Indian context, women with long hair? Does anyone seek to understand the various fetishes and quirks that different men find appealing?

I knew a guy who only liked Alpha females. And another one who would never date a woman unless she was Fair n’ Lovely. How about the one that was promptly turned off by women who sat on bikes astride when they were wearing salwar-kameezes? He thought it looked sluttish. Well, there’s no accounting for tastes. And there’s no reason to, I think.

Which is why I’m not going to explain my geekboy obsessions. There’s a world of reading men for me to check up on! (This one I particularly like. It’s funny and smart all in one. Oh okay, I’ll stop thinking and go back to looking!)

About IdeaSmith

IdeaSmith is the digital doppelganger of Ramya Pandyan (intrepid train-traveller and frequent spouter of post-midnight rhymes and rants). As IdeaSmith she battles obscurity and slays boredom with her stories about men, books, digitalia and Mumbai. She performs live and also blogs, tweets, Instagrams, Facebooks, +G’s, Youtubes and Goodreads all as IdeaSmith. Ramya is a blogger, digital storyteller and spoken word performer. She also runs a forum for aspiring writers called Alphabet Sambar. Tweet-bomb her at @ideasmithy.

Posted on May 14, 2010, in Laws of Attraction, On a lighter note.. and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. i am not sure if its just the fetish appeal to “Sheldon’s” character. Somewhere deep down he is a hero for all geeks, including me. The idea of someone who can be so indifferent towards the norm of a guy appeals to people I guess.

    Slightly disappointed you didnt link to Jim Parsons webpage. 🙂

    Coming back to fetish, I have always had a thing for women who speak well, and are confident in what they speak. The idea of shy girl being passionate about a topic, just fancies my imagination..

    wierd ha
    .-= Rambler´s last blog ..Perennial =-.

  2. niceee.. ya everyone has their fetish..its fine but was wondering when did something as basic as reading has become geek activity!? 😡
    .-= Yuva´s last blog ..Wondering around – part 1 =-.

  3. i am not sure if its just the fetish appeal to “Sheldon’s” character. Somewhere deep down he is a hero for all geeks, including me. The idea of someone who can be so indifferent towards the norm of a guy appeals to people I guess.

  4. Why are all the guys white? How about a post on hot indian guys reading books? 🙂

  5. @Rambler: Because I was talking about the Sheldon Cooper character and not the actor who plays him. Ah and yes, shy-but-passionate types do have a charm about them, don’t they? 😉

    @Yuva: In Mumbai it is!!

    @Anonymous: Since I discovered the site, I’ve been badgering my bookloving male friends to let me post their pics. None of them agreed and down went my dream of being the first Indian contributor! 😦

  6. It’s been roughly an hour since I started looking at the hot guys who read. Now of course I have to make a favourite ten list. Sigh. But thank you 🙂

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